Pocklington and Market Weighton groups receive £1.28million boost through council’s commuted sums programme

Organisations in Pocklington and Market Weighton have collectively been given a massive cash injection of more than £1,000,000.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 8:20 am
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 3:52 pm
The Market Weighton School will get £300,000 for a full sized 3G pitch.

East Riding councillors have approved funding totalling almost £1.28m for new sport and leisure projects in the towns.

More than £500,000 has been allocated to Market Weighton alone with £184,000 awarded to the town’s tennis club and £300,000 to the Market Weighton Secondary School towards the cost of a new 3G pitch.

In Pocklington, £120,000 has been awarded to the town’s rugby club, £100,000 to the tennis club, £93,000 to the cricket club, £100,000 to the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society and a £117,000 to the Wolds Gliding Club.

Pocklington RUFC will get £120,000 for a new clubhouse and floodlights.

Wolds Weighton Ward councillors Mike Stathers and Leo Hammond welcomed the news, describing it as a huge boost for the residents of both towns.

Councillor Stathers said: “This news could not have come at a better time. The pandemic has hit our communities hard so it’s great to have such wonderful news.

“Market Weighton has long needed additional funding for sport, for facilities that will particularly be welcomed by the youngsters in the town, and myself and my fellow Ward councillors have been pressing hard to get these allocations approved.

“Likewise, sport in Pocklington receives a massive boost with large sums allocated to the rugby, cricket, bowls and tennis clubs and the funding awarded to the Canal Society and the Gliding Club will not only benefit the individual organisations but it will also further enhance the area’s tourism potential.”

Wolds Gliding Club will receive £117,000 for a high-performance glider for disabled users.

Councillor Hammond added: “This is a big win for Market Weighton. This money will ensure a sustainable future for both football and tennis in the town, two things we have been pushing as Ward councillors for a considerable time.”

“These organisations provide invaluable services to our communities and we have been and continue to be more than happy to play our part in helping to preserve and grow them.

“The allocations come from the council’s commuted sums programme which is made up of contributions from developers of new housing schemes in each locality. The schemes were formally approved by East Riding’s Cabinet following thorough research and consultation to identify the area’s key sport and recreation needs.”

Pocklington campaigner Diana Stewart also welcomed the good news.

Pocklington Canal Amenity Society will get £100,000 towards restoring the Sandhill Lock.

She said: “This is all fabulous news. As a life-long boater I am thrilled at the prospect of a substantial grant towards the restoration of the Pocklington Canal.

“Once all the locks are repaired and boats can safely navigate it, the canal will be a delightful tourist attraction and a great amenity for local residents .

“I am also delighted at the tennis club will get a permanent canopy to enable all-weather playing.

“I met Chris French , the new chair of Pocklington Tennis Club to discuss it and he tells me he’s delighted to hear that local developers are putting something back into the community.”

Here’s the full list of awards:

○ Market Weighton Secondary School - £300,000 for a full sized 3G pitch

○ Market Weighton tennis Club - £184,814 for a new clubhouse

○ Market Weighton Town Council - £55,800 for play area improvements and a further £7,253 for the Canal Trail

○ Pocklington RUFC - £120,000 for a new clubhouse and floodlights

○ Pocklington Tennis Club - £100,000 for a new structure to create an all-weather playing environment

○ Pocklington Canal Amenity Society - £100,000 towards restoring the Sandhill Lock

○ Wolds Gliding Club - £117,000 for a high-performance glider for disabled users

○ Pocklington Cricket Club - £93,053

○ Burnby Hall Gardens and Museum - £75,844

○ Yapham Cricket Club - £55,378

○ Stewart Bowling Club - £20,000

○ Pocklington Town Council - £50,000